Deputy Sheriff Phillip J. Pence

Deputy Sheriff Phillip J. Pence

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, June 10, 1984

Phillip J. Pence

Deputy Sheriff Phillip Pence was stabbed to death by an inmate while conducting searches of cells for weapons.

He was stabbed as he entered the cell by the suspect who had warned earlier that he would kill the next person to come into his cell. Deputy Pence was stabbed in the chest with a shank fashioned from a metal bucket handle.

The suspect was sentenced to death and executed on June 8th, 2004.

Deputy Pence had served with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department for three years. He was survived by his mother.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Saturday, June 9, 1984
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Shank
  • Offender Executed in 2004

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 15, 2015

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